One of the most memorable experiences I had as a child was a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Kennedy Space Center to see a shuttle launch. I’ll never forget how the sky lit up that evening and I was fascinated with the idea of people going into space.
Next week, you can witness a launch as the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvoultioN (MAVEN) orbiter launches on Monday, Nov. 18.
The rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a launch window from 1:28 p.m. to 3:28 p.m. EST. Launch viewing is included with admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and features live mission control commentary, giving you an inside look at the action.
In the days leading up to the launch, the Visitors Complex celebrates with four days of special launch-related activities, including a presentation on Sunday, Nov. 17 by Bill Nye of the Emmy award-winning TV show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy®”.
Here’s a look at the festivities from Thursday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 17, all leading up to the launch on Nov. 18 -
· Learn about Humans 2 Mars by the 2030s; Mars past, present and future; recent scientific discoveries on Mars; and NASA’s Launch Services Program
· Mark the 10th anniversary of Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity
· View Mars as Art and a 3D Mars landscapes complete with 3D glasses
· Take the exploration challenge playing interactive games
· Stand next to a 30-foot tall inflatable Space Launch System and a six-foot tall Atlas rocket model
· Explore the future of human space exploration through displays on the Space Launch System, Orion capsule, Commercial Crew Program and a manned Mars mission
Launch date and time are subject to change. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.